CALVERT CITY - An incident in Calvert City at Quality Carriers, a liquid and dry bulk chemical distribution company, resulted in one person being fatally injured and another seriously injured according to Calvert City Police Chief David Elliott.
Emergency responders were called to the scene at 165 Main St. where PHI Air Medical landed a short time later at Calvert City Elementary School, airlifting one of the victims from the scene.
Chief Elliott says while details are still emerging, it is believed the two employees were cleaning tanks when one fell in and was overcome by the contents. A second person is believed to have attempted to assist the first victim and was also overcome. The first person was pronounced deceased at the scene by Marshall County Coroner Mitchell Lee.
It is believed that nitrogen, which is used to help push out and clean tanks, could have been a factor in the victims' inability to get oxygen. Chief Elliott extended his sympathies to all involved and wished to thank members of CIMAP (Calvert Industrial Mutual Aid Pact) who offered their assistance immedietly following the incident. "They responded as soon as we called them and went above and beyond," he said of their training and use of heavy equipment which proved helpful in working to assist the victims today.
While initial reports indicate one worker was from Murray and the other Paducah, names have not been released by the County Coroner's office at this time.